Wheelchair Access: Yes
Restaurant: Awaba House Café Restaurant p (02) 4950 6366
Gallery Shop: The new gallery features a retail outlet specialising in quality craft and design, art merchandise as well as journals
Bookshop: A range of publications is available through the gallery retail outlet
Other Services: Education and public programs include exhibition openings, workshops, lectures, concerts and gallery
society social events as advertised. Guided tours of exhibitions, sculpture park and historic Awaba House available by appointment
Japanese Hanging Fish Workshop with Gillian Bencke
photo Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery
Tanifa O Tagaloa (detail) 2003
Australian redgum, Cook Island black pearl shells
309 x 103 x 50cm
collection Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery
supported by Arts NSW
purchased by Lake Macquarie City art Gallery Society
photo Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery
Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery & Promote Contemporary Craft
Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery is an exceptional cultural and tourist destination.
Located on the Lake Macquarie foreshore, the unique precinct embraces expansive leafy grounds, sculpture park, and an award-winning exhibition facility that has already earned a national reputation.
The gallery's innovative and relevant programming strategy ensures every visit is a visual treat. Noteworthy touring shows alternate with lively gallery-curated exhibitions featuring nationally significant artists, many of whom share a connection with the Hunter. Strong and respectful Indigenous projects and exhibitions are integrated within the program.
The gallery is committed to offering a range of public and educational programs and activities to enhance the visitor's holistic experience of the current exhibition, the gallery, the collection, sculpture park, and visual arts in general.
The gallery is certified to National and International Standards for OH&S, Quality and Environment, and has won many local, state and national awards in the tourism and local government sector for excellence in management and programming, in particular Indigenous programming.
Sharing the gallery's spectacular site is the celebrated Awaba House Café Restaurant.
In 2007, the gallery launched its newest initiative, Promote Contemporary Craft, in consultation with the Australian craft sector and supported by the New South Wales state government. Stage one of the project is an entirely new concept in promotional websites. In its simplicity of application and design, promotecraft.com.au is a 'one stop' craft site, not only promoting objects for exhibition and sale, but also practitioners’ skills in teaching, master classes and commission work.
The gallery plays an important role in acquiring, managing, interpreting and presenting relevant works of art for both residents and visitors to the region.
Since 1980 the collection has evolved through purchase, acquisitive prizes, donations and commission. It comprises a strong core group of painting, works on paper, sculpture, and photography by established contemporary Australian artists, including many from the Hunter region. Works have also been acquired through initiatives such as the City of Lake Macquarie and Charlestown Square Art Prize (1986-1991) and the Ronaldo Cameron Collection (1991). Another source has been the Ruth Spenser Komon estate, through which the gallery received a number of exquisite works by Sir William Dobell (2002).
The collection has many other strengths, in particular the Still Waters Clear Visions Collection, some of which can be viewed in the sculpture garden or as part of gallery-curated exhibitions throughout the annual program.
The gallery boasts a flexible exhibition space of 440 sq metres and 130 running metres.
The City of Lake Macquarie is blessed with natural beauty, with the lake to the east and mountain wilderness of Watagan to the west. Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery and surrounding sculpture garden is located at the water's edge of Australia's largest coastal saltwater lake (about four times the size of Sydney Harbour). Together with a stunning coast lined with spectacular swimming beaches, the key to Lake Macquarie is leisure – a great combination of water sports, outdooractivities, fishing, outstanding restaurants, and to the Hunter vineyards.